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Drill

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:49 pm
by jshaw1515
Has anyone ever used Drill?

Re: Drill

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:43 pm
by Munin
Yes, but it really only comes into play with larger Formations and in situations where you want to go from column to line quickly.

Re: Drill

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:40 pm
by bandrsntch
Don't think we have ever used Drill, but Step Out has been used several times. Sharp Practice is probably the one most used(besides removing Shock)and Crashing Volley. Have seen Pas de Charge used to good effect a couple of times. Thin Red Line I've seen maybe once. I never seem to get the Command Flags at the right time to use TRL or else have so much Shock that even 3D6 movement won't get me there.

Re: Drill

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:24 pm
by Captain Reid
I let Drill allow a free Formation change (so potentially 2 formation changes in one Activation or two moves plus a Formation change). People then begin to use it a bit.

I've also started allowing Pas de Charge and Thin Red Line as needing only one card. This lets them see much more use but doesn't seem overpowering. In fact it makes both British and French players behave in the (presumably more desirable) cliched manner.

Re: Drill

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:26 pm
by jshaw1515
Interesting idea--allowing PDC and TRL on a single command card. I have considered allowing players to roll 4 dice when executing a PDC or a TRL (or an ambuscade) and keeping the highest three dice for movement.

Re: Drill

Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:49 am
by Captain Reid
Someone who (I think) was an American suggested it in the Facebook Group (or rather said he had been using single-card PdV and TLR to pleasing effect). I've found it very effective. The essential trouble, especially for TLR which is much more situational than PdC is the requirement to have the right Leader card plus two command cards at a moment when you want to charge the enemy, which makes it a very rare happening indeed.

I've also found that even allowing a free formation change, Drill isn't used much, ever.